Supplier investigated for selling falsely-labeled face masks

09/15/2020 09:38 PM
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New Taipei city officials monitoring the return process of Team Power Healthcare Ltd. masks/ CNA photo Sept. 15, 2020
New Taipei city officials monitoring the return process of Team Power Healthcare Ltd. masks/ CNA photo Sept. 15, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) A company in New Taipei is being investigated for allegedly selling falsely labeled face masks from China, with 60,000 of the masks seized, the city government said Tuesday.

Team Power Healthcare Ltd. was found to have imported the face masks from China and falsely labeled them as being made in Malaysia, which was the country of origin of the goods specified in the import permit, according to the city's Department of Public Health.

The company is accused of importing the Chinese-made face masks without obtaining the correct import permit, thereby violating the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act and the Criminal Code, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said, adding that the products will be pulled from store shelves.

Meanwhile, Team Power posted a new return policy on its official website, saying that returns of the Chinese-made masks are accepted from now until Oct. 7.

The case came to light as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August started scrutinizing 53 members of the National Face Mask Team designated by the government to produce Taiwan-made masks for the domestic market and for export, after two manufacturers were suspected of importing face masks from China and labeling them as Taiwan-made, according to FDA Director-General Wu Shou-mei (吳秀梅).

However, Team Power was found to be an importer of medical devices and face masks, Wu said, adding that the company can sell the Chinese masks, as long as it obtains a valid import permit.

Last week, the Central Epidemic Command Center said that from the third week of September, masks made by the companies from the National Face Mask Team must be imprinted with the letters MD alongside the Made in Taiwan mark, to clearly distinguish them from imported products.

(By Wang Hung-kuo, Shen Pei-yao, Chang Ming-hsuan and Evelyn Kao)

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